Step 1: Buy a Samsung 1080p LCD TV
You could go for a larger screen with LED lighting if you can afford it, but at just KD 230 for the 40″ Series 5, there just aren’t any reasons why you should not replace your old TV anymore. You can find Samsung TVs at Carrefour (or Electrozan I believe?). Make sure the resolution is 1920 by 1080 pixels!
Step 2: Plug your Hard Drive
Yes, your hard drive; plug it into the USB port of your Samsung TV (NTFS and FAT32 format supported). Use the remote to navigate to your favorite movie or TV show and hit play. The TV supports MKV, AVI, and MP4 file formats and almost all common audio and video codecs (DIVX, XVID, H.264, AAC, AC3, MP3, etc..), including subtitles. Other TVs may play some codecs, but Samsung is the only brand that I found to have the best support. The TV runs Open Source software and the built-in media player allows firmware upgrades. Codec details can be found in the manual [PDF].
Step 3: Enjoy!
Sit back and enjoy all your content in HD :)
Optionally, you could buy a 5.1 home theater sound system (make sure it’s supports AC3 DTS, and AAC via SPDIF) and have the complete cinema experience. Then complete your man cave by installing some acoustic foam to soundproof the room. That’s not going overboard is it? People do wonders with duct tape!